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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs. Gloria Gluey" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 19:33:30 +0100
Subject: Confirmed Payment

From The Office Of
(Foreign Operations.)
Oxford City- UK.

Tel/Fax: 44 8701 334231

To: The Beneficiary


We have received a specified sum of money in United States Dollars, from our ordering customer Bank, quoting TRN to DBK/97531/HSBCBK/OX1-04 not to be granted inline with any alteration of information.

This fund was secured with an international sorting code ready for remittance to your designated upon re-confirmation. You are therefore advice to for ward your validated destination account detail, as stated in our database for our official verification and reconfirmation for issuing of your personal Identification Number (PIN) and Transfer Access Code (TAC) to our operational bank in London, the HSBC bank.

This process will update you on our fund transfer data to effect remittance, as ordered.

Please confirm message by facsimile # (+ 44 8701 334231), attention the payment officer (Mr.Roger Philips). While, your urgent response will relieve us from so me of our administrative stress.

Yours in service,

Mrs. Gloria Gluey
Customer Service Dept.

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